AwesomeCon – Photos

After a few months on the road, to Los Angeles to produce a film, then to AwesomeCon in D.C., C2E2 in Chicago and a bachelor party in Vegas – I am finally back on my home turf of New York.  Since I was actually working most of the time, I don’t have a tremendous amount of photos from the conventions… but I do have some.

Below are a few from AwesomeCon, which was held in Washington, D.C.  It was fun, but ultimately this convention was more of a pop culture thing than a comics convention. And we didn’t have the best table – stuck right next to a guy selling grumpy cat artwork. If you weren’t familiar with the type of books I create, they couldn’t be further from pop culture humor and anyone that would walk past a grumpy cat booth and cackle.

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This guy had a simple, but great costume.

This guy had a simple, but great costume.

The saddest con pic ever taken?

The saddest con pic ever taken?

Awesome Con: Washington, DC

If you’re in the Washington, DC area this weekend, swing by Awesome Con and say hello to myself and Zsombor Huszka.  We’ll be in Artist Alley at Table M8 all weekend.  We’ll have copies of R.E.M., Harbor Moon, promo issues of Chasing Rabbits, art prints and t-shirts.  Treat yourself to some good times!

Awesome Con takes place April 18 – 20, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Friday: 3pm – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm
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Let Post Begin

I’ve been in LA for over two months and it’s about time I head back to NY. I miss my family and I need to spend some quality time with my brand new nephew. However, I will be out here another two weeks overseeing the edit and post. I found out that a storm is coming through the east coast that is supposed to dump snow everywhere. We are almost in April. That’s absurd. So… Maybe I shouldn’t be in such a rush to get back there.

I also found out that I will be the Godfather to my nephew. Pretty exciting stuff. Can’t wait to take him to a cage and work on some lax skills. And then the mats to teach him to fight. He needs to be well rounded, ya know?

Help New Yorkers Cure Paralysis

Please help pressure Governor Cuomo in funding the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP). As someone with a friend who is paralyzed, there are some amazing advances being made – and until you’re faced with such an ordeal you have no idea how limited the resources are for this type of research in America.  New York, particularly Bloomberg, was making a massive push to bring New York to the forefront of medical/tech research.  That effort is still ongoing and I believe we were neck-in-neck with Boston in second.

I have already written a letter, you can change the name and date and shoot it off – I know there are a lot of people that would be truly grateful to you. Below is the template for the letter I wrote if you are so inclined to help out. It takes all of five minutes to copy, paste and change some information. Thanks all.

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

NYS Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

I am writing you today to request your consideration of including $8.5 million in your 2014 Executive Budget to fully fund the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP). As you may know, the SCIRP supports New York researchers, hospitals and academic center in their quest to find cures for spinal cord injury. It helps to leverage federal and private sector funds, while at the same time providing well paying, high-tech jobs to New Yorkers. It’s funding will no doubt attract scientists and doctors to our great state.

According to state law, the SCIRP is funded through a surcharge on moving violation traffic tickets.  The law states that these funds are to be used to fully fund the SCIRP at $8.5 million annually. Unfortunately, SCIRP funds were eliminated in 2010 and used to fill state budget gaps. This cut has resulted in terminations and disruptions in research programs. Since then, advocates such as myself have been successful in getting a partial restoration of $2 million in 2013.

Since 1998, SCIRP has provided over $71 million of much needed dollars in research dollars to advance treatments for spinal cord injury. Under your leadership, our state is in better fiscal health and can afford to fully fund this modest program. Let’s not leave it to other states to be at the forefront of this research. New York has been inching closer and closer to Northern California as the place to be for medical research – help us take the lead with this program that provides real benefits to real individuals.

Thank your for your consideration and I will be following up with your staff soon.

Best,

Ryan Colucci

#5 in your programs. #1 in your hearts.

As the weather has turned, so have things in my life.

Recently, I have a close friend who found himself on the wrong side of the law. He is now looking at ten years or more for his actions. Left behind is a bag of shit that he left other people to carry. He was greedy and selfish and the people who are paying the price are the people who actually cared about this kid. I feel bad that he is about to lose a major chunk of his life and stare at four walls all day – but we all make choices in life.

On Christmas Eve, a friend of mine and college lacrosse teammate passed away.  This is a 36 year old who recently got married and by all definitions was in great health. He went home for the holidays in MA, took a nap and never woke up. And no one knew until this week – but his wife is twelve weeks pregnant. Today was the funeral and the whole thing felt surreal. Like it wasn’t really happening. That there was no way my friend was inside that casket. I don’t know what the point of this post is.  Just that I had to face some hard truths today. Truths about my worries and fears. Financial concerns and producing/writing a hit film/book. They always seem so trivial when put into perspective. My heart ached for his family and his wife… and his unborn child. I felt utterly useless and like I was a tourist at this funeral. I would go home. I would move on with life. And this is something they will have to deal with everyday. And in nine months a baby will be born without a father. And their struggle could just be beginning.

He wore #5.  But right now he is #1 in my heart, along with his family and all my other friends touched by this tragedy.

Are Comics a Dead-End?

I ask this question somewhat facetiously… because I obviously work in comics (and have two books in production).  Everyone wants to lament how the business is dying and complain about how hard it is to make money. The latter may be all too true, but the statistics don’t actually back the former up.

In fact, 2012 was the best comics sales year of the millenium.

  • Overall, sales of digital comics are growing nicely.  Digital sales tripled last year, to $70 million.
  • The print side saw sales gains of 15%, to $750 million.

One of the reasons comics are doing well is because of digital distribution. In the world of ebooks, there are only a few players in the game: Amazon, Apple, and (barely) Barnes & Noble. The diverse range of comics distributors — both third-party organizations and publishers themselves — mean that users can pick and choose where they shop without sacrificing title availability. This fragmentation also allows for comics companies to pick and choose the way their comics are sold.

Comixology is leading the charge for digital comic distributors. The digital comics distributor was the third-highest grossing iPad app of 2012 and is closing in on 200 million downloads.

Exciting things are happening in digital comics and users get markedly different experiences between print and their devices — creating a separate realm for digital comics that doesn’t cannibalize print. So don’t give up the fight.

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Bulderlyns Finishes Inks

My young adult adventure graphic novel Bulderlyns just recently finished inks, done by Pawel Sambor.  It’s clocking in at 179 pages – so that’s a lot of the black stuff.

6.5 lbs worth of paper.

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Title III of the JOBS Act

If you haven’t been paying attention, the JOBS Act could pave the way for low-budget films to raise money from normal folks in small increments – like the way our graphic novel R.E.M. raised money for printing through Kickstarter.

But the SEC will make sure this is not the wild west.  Right now, they are weighing the language and here are some key points to consider:

  • Maximum aggregate raise is $1 million over a 12-month period.
  • Investors whose annual income and net worth are less than $100,000 can only invest up to $2,000 or 5 percent of their annual income or net worth, whichever is greater,
  • Investors whose annual income or net worth is equal to or more than $100,000 can invest up to 10 percent of their annual income or net worth, whichever is greater.
  • Crowd-funding will only be permitted through an SEC registered intermediary, either a broker dealer or a “funding portal” overseen by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Because up to 100 brokers and portals could initially seek to enter the space after the rule is adopted, it is likely the SEC will take its time and that the first non-accredited investments wouldn’t begin until the second half of 2014. At the earliest.
The JOBS Act has nothing to do with this guy.

The JOBS Act has nothing to do with this guy.

Indie Film Publicists List

I am re-posting this from Ted Hope’s site… thought it was useful for all of your filmmakers out there.  I haven’t used any of these yet, so I can’t comment on their effectiveness.

15minutes
(www.15minutes.com, 8436 W. Third Street, Suite 650, Los Angeles, CA 90048,
115 West 29th Street, Suite 810, New York, NY 10001)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles

42West
(www.42west.net, 11400 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90064,
220 West 42nd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10036)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles

Acme Public Relations
(1016 Pier Ave., Suite 2, Santa Monica, CA 90405)
Offices: Los Angeles
B|W|R
(www.ogilvypr.com/en/bwr, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., #550, Los Angeles, CA 90036,
825 8th Avenue, #15, New York, NY 10019)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles
David Madgael & Associates, INC.
(www.tcdm-associates.com, 600 W. 9th St., Suite 704, Los Angeles, CA 90015)
Offices: Los Angeles
DISH COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
(www.dishcommunications.com, 10000 Riverside Drive, Suite 5, Toluca Lake, CA 91602)
Offices: Los Angeles
dominion3 PR
(www.dominion3.com, 6464 Sunset Blvd., Suite 740, Hollywood, CA 90028)
Offices: Los Angeles
Partners: Kim Dixon
Donna Daniels Public Relations
(20 W. 22nd St., Suite 1410, New York, NY 10010)
Offices: New York
Falco Ink.
(www.falcoink.com, 850 7th Avenue, #1005, New York, NY 10019)
Offices: New York
Fat Dot
(www.fatdot.net, 89 Bedford St.,Suite 1,New York, NY 10014)
Offices: New York
Partners: Weiman Seid
Frank PR
Office Phone:646-861-0843
Partners: Lina Plath and Clare Anne Darragh
Recent films/projects/campaigns : overall publicity for the Hamptons film festival, the Stoning of Soraya M

Hook Publicity:
Jessica Uzzan (Ph) 646-867-3818 Jessica@hookpublicity.com

 

ID-PR
(www.id-pr.com, 8409 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069,
150 West 30th Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10001)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles

 

inclusive pr

(http://inclusivepr.com, 6646 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 205, Hollywood, CA 90028)
Offices: Los Angeles

 

Indie PR

(www.indie-pr.com, 4370 Tujunga Ave., #105, Studio City, CA 91604)
Offices: Los Angeles
 
International House of Publicity
(853 7th Ave., Suite. 3c, New York, NY 10019)
Offices: New York
Recent films/projects/campaigns :
Jeremy Walker + Associates, Inc.
(www.jeremywalker.com, 171 W. 80th St., #1, New York, NY 10024)
Offices: New York
Recent films/projects/campaigns :

mPRm Public Relations

(www.mprm.com, 5670 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2500, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Offices: Los Angeles
Partners: Mark Pogachefscky
Recent films/projects/campaigns : Life During Wartime
Murphy PR
(www.murphypr.com, 333 Seventh Avenue, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10001)
Offices: New York
 
PMG
(www.platformgrp.com, 8265 Sunset Blvd., Suite 106, W. Hollywood, CA 90046,
1359 Broadway, Suite 732, New York, NY 10018)
Office: Los Angeles, New York

PMK/HBH
(www.pmkhbh.com, 700 San Vicente Blvd., Suite G 910, West Hollywood, CA 90069,
622 Third Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles
Recent films/projects/campaigns :
Roberson Public Relations
7200 Franklin Ave., #501
Los Angeles, CA 90046
david@robersonpr.comcell 310-625-8786 tel 323-969-9014
http://pro.imdb.com/company/co0118962/
@H077y300d
Rogers & Cowan
(www.rogersandcowan.com, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, 7th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069, 919 Third Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10022)
Offices: New York, Los Angeles, London, Beijing
 
Sophie Gluck & Associates
(124 West 79th St., New York, NY 10024)
Offices: New York
 

Shotwell Media
(2721 2nd St. # 205, Santa Monica, CA 90405)
tel. 310-450-5571

Partners: Sasha Berman

 
Susan Norget Film Promotion
(www.norget.com, 198 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1, New York, NY 10013; susan@norget.com, 212-431-0090)
Offices: New York
Recent films/projects/campaigns : Cutie & The Boxer

First Official ‘R.E.M.’ Review

We have had some pretty amazing reader comments and posts about the book, but yesterday saw the first ‘official’ review of the graphic novel.  It comes from Alternative Magazine Online, a UK publication run by Marty Mulrooney.

I’m proud to say it is a glowing one – and can only hope and pray this is the first of many.  The full review is at the site, but here is a quick snippet:

“R.E.M. is a success both as a Kickstarter campaign, and also as a graphic novel that demonstrates genuine and heartfelt passion from its creators. I’ve kept my eye on Ryan Colucci ever since I reviewed Harbor Moon in 2010. As much as I enjoyed that previous work, R.E.M. is a cut above in every department. I must confess that I felt quite a personal connection with Michael’s struggle. My girlfriend suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and the power of sleep – and the importance of a good night’s sleep actually doing what it’s supposed to, something many people simply take for granted – wasn’t lost on me in the slightest. R.E.M. is a graphic novel that will reward repeat readings, singling out Ryan Colucci and Zsombor Huska as a creative partnership to follow closely. I’m proud to have backed their latest project and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.”

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